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My Fifth Book, Normal Secrets, a Memoir, Has Been Released On Amazon In Paperback and Kindle Editions. (An Audible audiobook Edition Will Be Available In Summer 2017.)

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What's the Price?

The paperback price is $9.73 (slightly less if you're an Amazon Prime customer). The Kindle edition is only $2.99. And, if you buy the paperback, you have the option of getting the Kindle edition FREE.

What's the Memoir Contain?

This memoir is a departure from the motorcycle themes of my previous four books. I grew up in Normal, Illinois, but had lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years when my father died at the age of 84. I was 54 at the time and soon learned that family secrets had been kept from me. Strange deaths, tragedies, indiscretions, and relationships lay in my past, totally hidden. It took me seven years to uncover these secrets from personal interviews, genealogical studies, public records, and cutting-edge scientific work done by worldwide experts. Along the way, I trace my own life path from wanting to be a mechanic to gaining a master's degree at MIT and working at a famous research laboratory. I also tell my own 50-year love story. The secrets are now known, and I thought it was time at the age of 79 that I should write this memoir to tell you all about my Normal Secrets.

This memoir of Normal Secrets will amaze you and make you wonder if your family might be keeping secrets from you, too.

Here is an Excerpt:

6. Mom

. . . I remember one more time when I was in junior high. I came home from school and found Mom distraught and rambling incoherently in the dining room. This was a frightening incident for me. I felt powerless to help my mother who was in obvious distress. It was a sight I have never been able to get out of my mind. When Dad came home from work, he spoke with Mom for a while trying to assess the situation. In a day or two, Mom was readmitted to Peoria State Hospital.

While Mom was in Peoria this time, I had an opportunity to go with Uncle Hardy, Aunt Nellie, and their children (my cousins) for a day at Lake Bloomington, about 20 miles from our house. Hardy was very talkative and boisterous. You could hear him a long way off. Dad wasn't interested in going to the Lake. I think I was the only Kern kid that went. (Lake Bloomington was the water supply for Bloomington. It was also a recreational area for swimming, boating, and fishing. The Lake was surrounded by homes that were owned by companies and individuals.)

I'm not sure why I went on this excursion. I was not a swimmer. I didn't boat. I didn't fish. I guess I was there just to get away from Normal for a day and get some sun. It was hot, and I had swim trunks on. I remember my cousins getting in the water and wading out a bit. I thought I would try that, too, so I followed them. Hardy and Aunt Nellie stayed sitting on the sand. Suddenly I felt the ground go out from under me. Down I went!

There must have been a drop-off, and it got me. I went straight down and I was flailing around trying to get back up to the surface. I could see a circular well-lit section of the water's surface above me. It was the sun beaming down a message that I was in trouble, and something had better happen quickly if I were ever to see the sun again. Then everything went dark . . .

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